The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), is urging people across the UK and Ireland to save lives at sea by fundraising at home for its annual Mayday fundraising appeal, which is running throughout May.
The Mayday appeal usually involves people coming together in group fundraising events around the nation but, due to the lockdown, the RNLI has taken the campaign online and launched a virtual Mayday appeal to fund their lifesaving work, as RNLI stations remain on call for those who are in difficulty in the water.
As part of the appeal, the RNLI are launching ‘Step to it for Mayday’ to urge the public to get involved with a daily step challenge of laps around the house or garden or count the steps taken during daily exercise periods. There are a range of different step targets to chose from, so everyone can get involved.
The RNLI is also challenging people to ditch their favourite drink for ten days. Whether it’s a glass of wine, a frothy coffee or a fizzy drink, the public are being challenged to drink only water for the ten-day period. Participants can either gain sponsorship or donate the money they have would have spent on their tipple to the RNLI instead.
RNLI Fundraising, Marketing and Media Director, Jayne George, said: “Our Mayday fundraising campaign is a vital event in the RNLI calendar and – given the current situation – it is more important than ever. For years, our fantastic fundraisers have given their time and energy in May to help out our lifesavers. But the welfare of our volunteers, staff and supporters is our priority, and the usual range of activities are now impossible. So, this year, Mayday will look a bit different.”
“While many fundraising events and gatherings have been cancelled, our brave lifeboat volunteers are still responding to their pagers and launching in lockdown. So, we are encouraging our supporters to take on fundraising challenges at home. That way they will be able to help protect our lifesavers, while also keeping themselves and others safe. Our charity is powered by the public’s generosity and we are so grateful for their support during this difficult time.”
For details of how you can get involved, visit the RNLI website.